Manchester City are now a prized Premier League scalp says Kolo Toure

13 October 2009 09:01
The influx of quality on the playing field and City's excellent start to the season brings extra pressure on the club's shoulders but Toure is sure that they have the mental strength to cope with their sudden elevation.

'The Premier League is the best competition because every game is always really tough, especially the away games and especially now that we have become a scalp for some sides,' said Toure.

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'We know that we will have to fight wherever we go, which is what happened at Aston Villa in our last game. It was important not to lose that game. We showed good character, but we still need to work on a few things.

'The great thing is that we have some very experienced players here, players who want to achieve things here and win some trophies,' he said. 'That's why we are here and why we'll do everything we can to make that happen. We will fight for every point.

'We have started really well and we have only lost the one game. That shows we have a strong squad, with players that never give up no matter how the game goes.

'We always play for the full 90 minutes. It's working well for us right now and we hope we can keep this high intensity going.'

City travel to Wigan at the weekend, a side they have beaten only once in the last eight league meetings.

After missing Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying draw with Malawi through injury, that guaranteed his country a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, Toure is confident he will play some part at the DW Stadium.

'I'm getting better,' he said. 'As more time goes on, I think the injury will get even better and I hope I will be available.

'I was a bit unlucky as it happened in the last minute of the game against Villa, but what's important is that I think about my recovery and try to come back for the club. Hopefully I will be ready.'

Source: Telegraph

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